HOUSTON -- The Houston Astros and pitcher Brandon Backe today agreed to a one-year, $800,000 deal.
Backe, who missed almost a year following elbow ligament
replacement surgery, returned late last season.
He was 3-1 with a 3.77 ERA in five starts for Houston.
Backe has a 22-15 record and 4.63 ERA in 47 starts in six
seasons with Tampa Bay and Houston.